Set in one of Hwange's more remote corners of pristine wilderness, hidden amongst acacia woodland, you will find Camelthorn. The lodge takes its name from the enormous camelthorn tree around which the camp is built. The main building which extends around the tree in a U-shape is built from stone and thatch. This sizeable main area boasts a reception area in the central part with a dining room on one side and an open fronted, comfortable lounge complete with bar on the other. There are also numerous fireplaces to keep any winter chill at bay and keep things nice and cosy. A sizeable deck area to the front leads to the outdoor fire-pit for those after dinner liqueurs and chats. This deck also provides an ideal setting for alfresco meals and dinner under the stars. A massage at the pop-up spa run by a local lady is a great way to relax.
The unique villas are built four on each side of the main area. Each is accessed via large glass sliding doors on the private deck which lead through to the room. Double height ceilings give a feeling of space, there's a cosy fireplace, fan, mini-bar, lounge area and comfy beds. The en-suite comes complete with shower, bath and double basins. The villas also feature an outdoor balcony which is accessed via a spiral stairway. The balcony has a hammock and a day bed, great for afternoon relaxation, but it's also the perfect setting for a private dinner or even a night sleeping beneath the starry African sky.
You won't be bored at Camelthorn, there's plenty to do. Game drives take place in Hwange morning and afternoon, this park is known for the huge numbers of elephants that roam the land, you will find the Big5 here and plenty more besides including over 400 species of birds. It's possible to take night drives in the area surrounding the lodge, see the nocturnal animals come to life. If a walking safari is something you would like to try, this can be done here too, usually in the morning before the heat takes hold, and always under the expert eye of your guide. Horse riding is possible, too. For something different why not try a 'pump run' - this is where you drop off fuel and supplies to the pump attendants who look after the waterhole pumps day in day out, this can be combined with a picnic lunch. Camelthorn has an underground blind, this allows photographers the opportunity to get some rather unique and up close images of the wildlife. Visits to the local village and school are also offered and will provide a great insight into local life and a chance to interact with the local community. As we said, you won't be bored!
Open: Camelthorn is open all year round.
Location: Hwange National Park on the southern edge of Ngamo Plains.Camelthorn can be reached in four hours by road from Victoria Falls, or by a road and rail combination via Dete and the Elephant Express, again an overall journey time of around four hours.
Rooms: Eight villas, all en-suite with private decks, lounge area. A spiral staircase gives access to the balcony with a hammock and daybed. The rooms have ceiling fans, fireplace, minibar, hair dryer, coffee and tea making facilities and bathrobes.
Facilities: There is a comfy lounge and bar area set on a low deck, and open to the front. There is an enclosed dining area and also ample room to dine outdoors on the patio. The lodge has a pop-up spa.
Activities: Game drives are offered in the park and night drives and guided walks are offered in the private reserve around the lodge. Horse riding can be arranged. It is also possible to enjoy a visit to a local village and school, see the wildlife from an underground blind and enjoy the 'pump run', delivering fuel and supplies to the waterpump attendents.
Dining: Meals are served communally both indoors and outdoors.
Children: The camp welcomes children seven years and over.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: Wi-Fi is available in the main areas at Camelthorn and you may get mobile signal some of the time.
Guests staying at Imvelo properties automatically contribute to their conservation and community initiatives of which there are many. From drilling boreholes providing villages with water through to raptor conservation and providing wildlife buffer zones to reduce wildlife/human conflict.